The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2010, a pedestrian was injured in an automobile accident every eight minutes and killed every two hours. At 4,280, pedestrian deaths accounted for 13% of all traffic fatalities that year. Additionally, 70,000 pedestrians suffered nonfatal injuries from accidents in 2010. Even if injuries are nonfatal, they can be severe because of the almost complete lack of protection a pedestrian has when hit by an automobile. If you or a loved one suffers an injury or even death from a pedestrian accident, contacting a Coweta County accident attorney can help you recover for your injuries.
Not surprisingly, the large majority of pedestrian accidents occurred in urban areas and during the nighttime. In fact, 30% of pedestrian accidents took place between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. Nearly half of all pedestrian accidents also took place on the weekends—Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Because of these time frames, it should not be surprising that alcohol use by either the pedestrian or the driver was reported in 47% of accidents. Most of these accidents also occurred during normal weather conditions and at non-intersections.
Males are more than two-thirds more likely to be injured or die in a pedestrian accident than females. Furthermore, the age group making up the highest percentage of pedestrian accidents is 10-15 years. These statistics may be a result of the sometimes reckless nature of young boys, and disregard for pedestrian safety.
The NHTSA offers some important safety tips to teach your children and to keep in mind when you are a pedestrian:
- Always walk on a sidewalk, if possible.
- If you no sidewalk is available, always walk facing traffic.
- When possible, utilize crosswalks and pedestrian traffic signals.
- Even if you are using a crosswalk, often drivers are unaware they are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. Always look to the left and to the right before beginning to cross a street.
- Be aware of cars that are turning onto another street as well as cars that are driving straight.
- At nighttime, wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight to increase drivers’ visibility of you.
In short, no matter how careful you are, pedestrian accidents can still happen, and can result in significant injuries. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith. As an experienced Coweta County accident attorney, Shane Smith can help to make sure you receive a fair settlement for your injuries, so give us a call at (770)487-8999 for your free consultation!